The Rise of the Mormons : Latter-Day Saint Growth in the 21st Century
by Mark Koltko-Rivera


Overview - The Latter-day Saints (LDS/'Mormons') will become a global religion with hundreds of millions, or even billions, of followers--within a century. In this book, written for the general public, award-winning social scientist Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., explains:

  • how the Mormons grew from a tiny group in 1830s New York to being the fourth-largest church in America as of 2012;

  • why Mormon growth slowed after 1990--and why it will soon explode, both in the United States and throughout the world;

  • why Mormon beliefs resonate with society's hopes, fears, aspirations--even obsessions--in ways that can make the LDS faith especially attractive to many people in today's world;

  • how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will become the second-largest--or even the largest--church in the United States by 2120;

  • how this church could become the second-largest religious body in the entire world, with over two billion members , by 2120.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The Latter-day Saints (LDS/'Mormons') will become a global religion with hundreds of millions, or even billions, of followers--within a century. In this book, written for the general public, award-winning social scientist Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., explains:

  • how the Mormons grew from a tiny group in 1830s New York to being the fourth-largest church in America as of 2012;

  • why Mormon growth slowed after 1990--and why it will soon explode, both in the United States and throughout the world;

  • why Mormon beliefs resonate with society's hopes, fears, aspirations--even obsessions--in ways that can make the LDS faith especially attractive to many people in today's world;

  • how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will become the second-largest--or even the largest--church in the United States by 2120;

  • how this church could become the second-largest religious body in the entire world, with over two billion members, by 2120.

Dr. Koltko-Rivera describes what a 'more Mormon' world would look like, and how this faith could fuel a global Renaissance of cultural creativity. He also explains the implications of Mormon growth for the great majority of people who walk other paths.

Includes references, index. 5 illustrations, 29 figures, 22 tables, 2 charts.

Chapters

  1. Intro.: Who the Mormons Are.
  2. Mormon Growth & Why It Happened, 1830-2011:
    • Why the dramatic rise in LDS converts after 1973?
    • Why the slowing of growth after 1990?
  3. The Matrix of Future Mormon Growth: The Mormon World in 2012.
  4. Future Mormon Growth Worldwide through 2120.
  5. Future Mormon Growth in the U.S. through 2120.
  6. Objections & Responses:
    • "How valid can projections be, so far into the future?"
    • "All sorts of things could upset your projections "
    • "The pitfalls of straight-line projections" and the effects of organized opposition to Mormonism.
    • "How could the LDS grow so large so quickly?"
    • Modernization & Secularization.
    • "An American church like the LDS will be less appealing in a post-American world."
    • "The Mormons will run out of money first."
    • "The Pentecostals will outgrow the Mormons."
    • "There won't be enough people on the Earth to accommodate these projections."
    • "There won't be enough people in America."
    • "So many Mormons--in Protestant America?"
    • "But more Mormons than Catholics?
    • "The Mormons are falling away in droves."
    • "But the LDS scriptures say the future Church will be 'few' and its dominions 'small' "
  7. Why Religions Grow: A Model.
  8. Exterior Forces "Pulling" for Mormon Growth:
    • Central & South America and sub-Saharan Africa
    • The United States
    • Europe
    • Mainland China
    • India
    • The lands of Islam
  9. Interior Forces "Pushing" for Mormon Growth:
    • The power of science and technology.
    • The struggle to survive the end of civilization.
    • The ambition to transform beyond the human.
    • The discovery of extraterrestrial (intelligent) life.
  10. Knowledge Forces and Mormon Growth.
  11. The Potential Impact of High Mormon Growth: A 'More Mormon' World:
    • more physically and mentally healthy
    • better educated
    • foundation for a new Renaissance
    • and much more
  12. Afterword: The Meaning of Mormon Growth.
  13. Appendix A: Sources of Statistical Data & Methods of Projections.
  14. Appendix B: The Slowing of Mormon Growth Post-1990: A Statistical Analysis.
  15. Appendix C: Why Do People Convert to Mormonism?
  16. Appendix D: Tracking Charts: Projected vs. Actual Mormon Growth, 2012-2040.


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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780615710310
  • ISBN-10: 061571031X
  • Publisher: 7th Street Books
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 412
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.84 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.21 pounds


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